One of the perks of my job is getting out and about in the local area and coming across places off the beaten track that I'd never otherwise discover. While out on the north coast recently, the binmen told me about an old shop at Skerray pier which currently had an art exhibition it it. This is just the kind of quirky thing that I love, so after a quick look around while they emptied the litter bin, I planned to come back in my own time and really get a feel for the place.
As we're in autumn, I was worried about the weather turning so when this Sunday past proved bright and sunny, I took the opportunity to go back there and have a proper look.
Skerray is a tiny remote village about 40 miles along the coast from Thurso. It's name means 'between the rocks and sea' in Gaelic, so 'erosion' was the perfect title for the exhibition! The community has a number of artists living there so a random art gallery isn't too much of a surprise.
The old shop is small and unassuming.
But inside it contained some lovely paintings and displays. The mercats were possibly my favourite (because they're cats!). It was a shame that 2 had been taken, it would have been nice to see them all...
It's very close to the shore!
I do need to practice with my new camera a bit more as some photos are a bit too bright, simply because I have no idea what I'm doing, but it was good fun trying it out again.
After a spot of googling, I found this blog - in partcular this post gives some background, and there are loads more photos, including one of all 3 mercats! I did wonder why there had been no local publicity about it, and now I realise its because its a secret! I know I've just blogged about it, but my blog is hardly a daily tabloid so I don't think its going to generate a huge influx of attention. But if you ever happen to be in the north west Highlands (which I highly recommend - it's stunning) do check 'erosion' out...if the wind and rain doesn't get to it first!